Copycat, copycat! (August 25, 2012)

As a technologist, the recent Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit is extremely concerning. I was hoping all of this software patent nonsense would go away, but Apple just proved that the new business model is more about litigation than innovation. As a co (more...)

Why do people vote Conservative / Republican? (April 20, 2011)

Add another one to my “things that confuse me” list… Why do average, ordinary people vote for Conservative / Republican / (insert your right-wing party here) politicians? I can see voting for them IF: Your household income is more (more...)

Why not private healthcare? (January 26, 2011)

The traditional “for profit” economic model works great for most things. For instance, take the mythical “widget”. You research all the different types of widgets, find out the best deal, and purchase it. Manufactures and supp (more...)

Perhaps online privacy is important after all (August 10, 2010)

I recently watched an enlightening documentary called “We Live In Public”. It made me completely rethink my previous notions about online privacy. I’d like to believe that we can all be adults about things, and accept (more...)

Copying is NOT Theft! (May 5, 2010)

I was a bit annoyed today reading through a few of the comments on this article in the Globe and Mail today. Every time there is a debate about copyright law, there are always a slew of comments like the following: “I walk into HMV and try and (more...)

Religion is here to stay (May 2, 2010)

I wrote most of this a few months ago, but a recent watching of the movie Agora prompted me to edit and post it. Consider this quotation, attributed to Seneca, a Roman senator who was born around the year 4 B.C.: “Religion is regarded by the co (more...)

Why is income tax so damn complicated? (April 7, 2010)

I don’t understand why the income tax system (in Canada and the US) has to be so bloody complicated. Why can’t they just tax gross income – both on individuals and corporations? Instead there are 30,000 rules about what you can dedu (more...)

Google Buzz Privacy blah blah blah (February 16, 2010)

2010-08-08 Update: Perhaps online privacy is important after all? The recent Google Buzz fallout has me confused. Why does everyone get so bent out of shape about public privacy? Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big advocate of personal p (more...)

Does Climate Change really matter? (February 2, 2010)

Climate Change is big news. It’s a dividing issue. Us versus Them. Depending on who you believe, it’s either a) the most catastrophic event of our time, or… b) completely made up. So – Is it real? Probably. The underlying pri (more...)